'Tis the season to steal
Published 12/23/2011, AP Retail Writer
More than spirits are being lifted this holiday season. During the four weeks leading up to Christmas this year, an estimated $1.8 billion in merchandise will be shoplifted from U.S. retailers, according to The Global Retail Theft Barometer, a survey of retailers worldwide. That's up about 6 percent from $1.7 billion during the same period last year.Word count: 826
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